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Old 12-17-2009, 03:57 PM   #1
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What's the difference in using the metal vs the plastic resepticals?

I have to change the outlet in my dinning room, and was going to replace the recetical.

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Old 12-17-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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a metal receptacle? You are going to have to explain what you have a bit more. There are no metal receptacles as the face of it would be able to conduct electricity and as such, would be a serious hazard.

do you mean the trim plate or cover plate by chance?

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Or do you mean the box that the outlet goes into ?
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Carloscda we need more info on what you are talking about
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My apologies..

The small box that's in the wall at the baseboard, which the outlet connects to.
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The small box that's in the wall at the baseboard, which the outlet connects to.
Is your box metal or plastic ? If metal the box needs to be grounded with a ground screw. I like the plastic boxes myself .Do you have 3 wires hot,neutral,ground?
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Metal box must be grounded to the outlet
Plastic box this is not required

Note that a lot of metal boxes have a metal bracket going across the face of the 2x4
So pulling a metal box out of a finished wall is not an easy task
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There are only 2 wires coming out the wall.
Right now there's no box there because the guy didn't finish the job.

I'm on my way to HD tomorrow so I was inquiring about metal or plastic?
Don't laugh, but my thinking was a spark in a metal box would just defuse vs the plastic melting?
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Do you have a ground ?
If not install a GFCI outlet & label "no ground present"
-these stickers come with the GFCI
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It sounds like you need an "old work" box. Plastic is easier to work with, and it seems to be what always goes into new homes.

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